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Extend Certain Legal Rights To Social Robots? What’s Up With That?

Posted on 21 September, 2012 in Technology Law by aaronklaw

Do you think IBM’s WATSON, the super-genius computer who kicked Ken Jennings’ butt on Jeopardy, should be allowed to sue if someone tries to copy the code that informs its artificial intelligence? What about your family roomba, should it be illegal to kick it around? How about DATA from Star Trek TNG, do you think that he, though technically an android, should have the right to file legal claims?
MIT researcher, Kate Darling, recently presented a study on this very subject. She explored whether or social robots should be granted the same legal protections as humans. Now, you may be thinking, [...]

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